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InterContinental Hotels Group PLC (LON:IHG) Insiders Have Been Selling

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It is not uncommon to see companies perform well in the years after insiders buy shares. On the other hand, we'd be remiss not to mention that insider sales have been known to precede tough periods for a business. So we'll take a look at whether insiders have been buying or selling shares in InterContinental Hotels Group PLC (LON:IHG).

Do Insider Transactions Matter?

It is perfectly legal for company insiders, including board members, to buy and sell stock in a company. However, such insiders must disclose their trading activities, and not trade on inside information.

Insider transactions are not the most important thing when it comes to long-term investing. But logic dictates you should pay some attention to whether insiders are buying or selling shares. For example, a Columbia University study found that 'insiders are more likely to engage in open market purchases of their own company’s stock when the firm is about to reveal new agreements with customers and suppliers'.

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InterContinental Hotels Group Insider Transactions Over The Last Year

Over the last year, we can see that the biggest insider sale was by the Chief Commercial & Technology Officer, George Turner, for UK£461k worth of shares, at about UK£46.13 per share. So we know that an insider sold shares at around the present share price of UK£45.20. While insider selling is a negative, to us, it is more negative if the shares are sold at a lower price. We note that this sale took place at around the current price, so it isn't a major concern, though it's hardly a good sign.

In the last twelve months insiders netted UK£1.0m for 22395 shares sold. Insiders in InterContinental Hotels Group didn't buy any shares in the last year. The chart below shows insider transactions (by individuals) over the last year. By clicking on the graph below, you can see the precise details of each insider transaction!

LSE:IHG Recent Insider Trading, October 21st 2019

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Insider Ownership

Looking at the total insider shareholdings in a company can help to inform your view of whether they are well aligned with common shareholders. We usually like to see fairly high levels of insider ownership. InterContinental Hotels Group insiders own about UK£19m worth of shares. That equates to 0.2% of the company. We've certainly seen higher levels of insider ownership elsewhere, but these holdings are enough to suggest alignment between insiders and the other shareholders.

So What Does This Data Suggest About InterContinental Hotels Group Insiders?

It doesn't really mean much that no insider has traded InterContinental Hotels Group shares in the last quarter. Still, the insider transactions at InterContinental Hotels Group in the last 12 months are not very heartening. But we do like the fact that insiders own a fair chunk of the company. Of course, the future is what matters most. So if you are interested in InterContinental Hotels Group, you should check out this free report on analyst forecasts for the company.

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For the purposes of this article, insiders are those individuals who report their transactions to the relevant regulatory body. We currently account for open market transactions and private dispositions, but not derivative transactions.

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